Concordia's John Molson School of Business Offers Two New Scholarships for Female Finance Students

The John Molson School of Business has received a donation from private equity firm Novacap to provide funding for female finance students.

 Concordia’s John Molson School of Business Offers Two New Scholarships for Female Finance Students

A large gender gap still exists in the finance sector. At the beginning of 2021, women accounted for about 52 per cent of the industry, according to research by McKinsey & Company, but their representation fell at every step up the corporate ladder.

The 2021 Canadian Private Capital State of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Report highlights the severity of the gap in the private equity field: women account for only 28 per cent of junior investment team members and only nine per cent of senior partner positions.

How Concordia is fighting this inequality

Quebec-based Novacap, one of the most prominent buyout and growth equity firms in the country, is collaborating with Concordia to take steps to address this inequality. To attract more women to finance, Novacap will be funding two new scholarships of $5,000 each, for the next five years, for the Goodman Institute of Investment Management at the John Molson School of Business.

“Novacap shares the Goodman Institute’s ambition to attract more women into careers in finance,” notes Yasmine Sardouk (BComm 06, EMBA 19), director of marketing and communications for the firm. “Developing this scholarship and paid internship program is our way to help enable Concordia students to accelerate their integration into the currently male-dominated industry.”

Pascal Tremblay, president, CEO and managing partner at Novacap, emphasizes his firm’s commitment to countering this persistent gender gap.

“Novacap is very proud to partner with the Goodman Institute to address the underrepresentation of women in the private equity industry,” he notes. “This award is indicative of the importance we place on advancing our diversity, equity and inclusion priorities very early in a candidate’s career path.”

Four scholarships for women

With these new scholarships in place, the Goodman Institute of Investment Management now has four scholarships available per year, ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 each, dedicated to attracting more women applicants to the program:

  • One scholarship of $3,000 per year funded by Adriana Arrillaga
  • One scholarship of $3,000 per year funded by Christine Sayegh-Filgiano
  • Two scholarships of $5,000 per year funded by Novacap

“Initiatives such as this one with Novacap will go a long way in attracting and training more women in finance,” Rahul Ravi, director of the EMBA Program and the Goodman Institute, says. “Over time, these women will be the new role models in the industry, and they will help dispel the old characterisations. We thank Novacap for partnering with us in this endeavour.”

Anne-Marie Croteau, dean of the John Molson School of Business, also stresses the significance of these new scholarships.

“We are extremely appreciative of Novacap’s initiative and dedication to creating more opportunities for women in finance,” she says. “Gender parity in the industry is something that is long overdue and benefits everyone.”

Other internal scholarships

In addition to the above scholarships, the Goodman Institute also has several internal scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 a year to attract more women in finance. These scholarships are renewable conditional upon a student’s cumulative GPA remaining above 3.6.

Are you thinking of pursuing an MBA in investment management? Check out the Goodman Institute of Investment Management for more scholarships and awards. We offer over $100,000 in fellowships and awards every academic year, in recognition of academic excellence and to support graduate studies.

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